Tri-City Americans will begin 2021-22 season on October 1

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Tri-City Americans will begin their 34th season in the region with a home game against the Portland Winterhawks on Friday, October 1.

According to a release by the team, the first game of the Americans’ next season will begin at 7:05 p.m. at the Toyota Center. The team is excited to welcome a full-capacity crowd after hosting an entire season at reduced capacity due to pandemic-imposed restrictions altered the 2020-21 season.

This is the second consecutive season that the Tri-City Americans begin their season against Portland. Last season, Tri-City won its home opener when Sam Huo scored a game-winning goal in overtime to seal a 3-2 victory to begin the season.

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With the expectation that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, the Western Hockey League (WHL) is planning for a full 68-game schedule at full capacity in all WHL markets. The season will run from October to early April of 2022.

Per league officials, the WHL regular-season schedule will not feature any overlap between the Western Conference and Eastern Conference.

Next week, the Tri-City Americans and WHL will announce the entire 2021-22 regular season and preseason scheduled as fans patiently await another year of hockey in Southeastern Washington.

The Americans lucked out by jumping up to the second overall pick in the 2021 WHL Draft. For more on that, click here.

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